My name is Teddy Conseillant. I grew up in a very violent neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. My mother was a single parent and a prayer warrior. I remember being forced to go to church but I didn’t want anything to do with God. At age 13, I joined any gang and ran the streets for years. Gang banging was my life and but I didn’t do drugs because I was paranoid. When I was 19, a very close friend got shot twice in the chest right in front of me. He died in my arms. His death affected me greatly and I stopped caring about anything. My behavior became out of control.
My biological father was not a part of my life, but I always had a father. His name was Pastor Barry. I met him when I was ten years old. We became very close and he became my Pops. He adopted me into his family. He always tried to get me in church but it never worked. By the age of 22, I had three beautiful daughters and a very bad drinking habit. I chose the bottle over my daughters. I couldn’t stop drinking. My life was quickly becoming a mess. I didn’t know what to do.
I called Pops and told him that if i stayed on the streets I would die. He told me to come to Teen Challenge. Teen Challenge opened my eyes to the truth. Learning how to submit was a major part in my change and I quickly fell in love with Christ.
I had come into Teen Challenge a high school drop out, but I was able to get my high school diploma in Teen Challenge. Last January I started college at NorthPoint Bible College. I couldn’t of done any this without Christ!